This week we discuss Trofeo Binda, Gent Wevelgem, the ABSA Cape Epic and racing in El Salvador, plus a whole heap of blogs. It’s been a great week for blogs, seriously. We’ve got rider race reports from Tiffany Cromwell and Chloe Hosking as well as very thoughtful blogs from Bridie O’Donnell and Anika Todd. There’s so many things to enjoy, including some great interviews from our friend Clara Beard, especially the one about the Saddle Sore book. We also have a look ahead to Flanders!!! It’s a great variety of topics with heaps of laughter and mayhem. Settle in and enjoy! (1:19:09 MIN / 75.98 MB)
Last week’s women’s cycling news
We’re starting with something very close to a lot of women’s, erm, hearts….
Our friend Clara Beard interviewed Molly Hurfurd about Molly’s book Saddle Sore – a whole book about women’s genitalia and cycling. Read the interview on Girl Bike Love, and then find out more on the Saddle Sore website. Buy the e-book, for you or for the women in your life!
Last week’s races
- Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup – ORICA-AIS’ race report with Emma Johansson quotes, and great blogs from Tiffany Cromwell and Elisa Longo Borghini
We loved this Binda photo
We loved this photo too!
- Absa Cape Epic – SO much good stuff, check out Sarah’s collection on her women’s cycling Tumblr – but because she’s soppy, this was her very favourite thing. Imagine, finishing the huge 8-stage MTB marathon race with a proposal of marriage! Well, if you can make it through that and still like each other, marriage should be easy!Huge congratulations to Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad, who won the women’s race – here are brief audio interviews with them after their win – Ariane and Annika
Blogs and interviews
Two different blogs from the Vuelta El Salvador – Mara Abbott, talking about what an incredible experience it was for her, and Tone Hatteland talking about the dangers of the race:
The safety of these competitions was the worst I have ever experienced through all of my years of competing. Trucks and buses would pass the peloton at the same time as the road was open to oncoming traffic. No arrows or signs marked the route, but every now and then there would be a guard showing directions. But it wasn’t the identical one-day races or the open roads that were the biggest problem for us. After the first three days all four girls competing got food poisoning. As if food poisoning is not bad enough itself, it didn’t feel any better in 40 degrees.
After the first three one day races in El Salvador was the stage race, Vuelta El A Salvador, which started with a 4km prologue. Still suffering from food poisoning our form in the morning advised us not to start, but we decided that we had traveled so far and we wanted to give it a try. We finished the prologue through easy riding and hoped to feel better on the second day.
We are really, really angry that races rated by the UCI as .1 status (the highest outside of World Cups and World Championships – can get away with this) especially after last year’s Vuelta El Salvador included a car hitting an entire Team Time Trial team.
This is unacceptable on so many levels – but especially in light of Bridie O’Donnell‘s blog, No Magic Wand, about how the deaths of Amy Gillett, Carly Hibberd and Amy Dombroski affected her on the bike and in her post-racing career.
Canadian cyclist Anika Todd has been writing lovely blogs about her first ever Spring Classics races with Tibco, but this one is special – talking about how Marianne Vos took her riding, and all the things she learned, including Vos’ racing secrets. We love how annika lets us see what it’s really like on the inside of cycling, but also what a genuinely nice person Vos is. We especially liked this
“And perhaps the coolest thing I learned about Marianne: she was studying biomedical sciences in preparation for medical school applications when she won her first World Championships and was offered a pro contract. She decided to pursue cycling instead of medical school and, having recently made exactly the same decision myself, I asked her if she ever regretted her choice. Her answer: No. At first she felt like she had changed her life path from being a doctor helping people and giving back to the community to a selfish, athletic endeavour. Since then she has found a way to give back through sport. She inspires and mentors people around the world, is a driving force in the movement for equality in women’s cycling, and an amazing role model for young women everywhere.“
Carmen Small answers more fan questions, including about why her ITT performance improved so much
Although we all love to be the queen of our domain, ladies, be welcoming and accepting of the new women showing up on the road! Our development is crucial on the mentoring and support of our community. Be nice, friendly, and feel free to offer advice! The cycling world can be a scary place to venture into, so let’s do our part in making it a bit more accepting. Women and men, alike.“
Wiggle Honda had their team camp – here’s a video from it
and two tweets, two sides of the same moment
Another team that launched this week is Team Jaden, a British team that encompasses all levels of racing. It’s such an interesting concept – read this article about them on Cycling Shorts to find out more
Also in Britain, Jess Varnish and Vicky Williamson talking about the partnership between British Cycling’s Breeze programme and the Football Association, to get more women riding and watching football. Find out more here
And more about getting women into cycling, we really liked this – Jess Douglas writing on how to get more women riding MTB
If you love downhill MTB, you might want to buy the latest issue of Dirt Magazine, as it has a long interview with DH World Champ Rachel Atherton. Here’s a gorgeous video teaser of what’s included. And here’s a video recap of the 2013 downhill World Cup – Sarah is so excited about the 2014 season!
And Shanaze Reade talking about her goals for 2014
Evelyn Stevens dancing!
We liked this:
Fantastic overview of the women’s season, with races, riders and teams to watch, on the BBC Sport website
- Redlands Classic, USA, 2nd-6th April – follow their twitter
- Ronde van Vlaanderen, Flanders, 7th April – read the VeloFocus preview!
- Grand Prix de Dottignies, Belgium, 8th April
- Princess Maha Chackri Sirindhon’s Cup “Women’s Tour of Thailand“, 8th-10th April
- Energiewacht Tour, the Netherlands, 9th-13th April